Zimbabwe

A world of wonders

A country of dramatic landscapes, Zimbabwe is home to one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, a wide variety of rare animals and a nation of gentle people with an impressive heritage.

A country of understated beauty

Zimbabwe’s abundance of natural beauty, protected wildlife, world-renowned guides and near-perfect weather makes it easy to understand why it is considered the birthplace of the southern African safari trade.

The largest waterfall in the world

Victoria Falls, located on the mighty Zambezi River, is more than a kilometre wide and is over one hundred metres high. The roar of its waters plunging into the pools below can be heard from a distance of 40 kilometres away.

A rich history of culture

The ruins of a royal kingdom dating to the 11th-century hint at the country’s ancient past, while modern Zimbabwe is unique in that it has the highest literacy rate in Africa and 16 official languages, which is more than any other country on the planet.

Wildlife guides of a world-renowned calibre

Given Zimbabwe’s long safari history, it is no surprise that its guides are considered to be the most qualified on the African continent. They undergo rigorous training, are highly experienced, and take pride in paying close attention to detail.

Destinations in Zimbabwe

Mana Pools National Park lies to the north of the country with Hwange National Park and Victoria Falls to the northwest. Three natural treasures in one relatively concentrated location and Machaba has camps or lodges at each of them.

Zimbabwe

Hwange National Park

An hour South of Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park is the largest park in Zimbabwe. Once the royal hunting grounds of warrior-king Mzilikazi Khumalo, the Park now safeguards the world-famous elephants of Hwange – one of the largest populations on the planet.

Hwange National Park

Zimbabwe

Mana Pools National Park

The most remote park in the country, Mana Pools is the first Biosphere Reserve in Zimbabwe. It's known for its big herds of elephant, buffalo, endangered wild dogs, lions and the more shy leopards, cheetahs and spotted hyenas.

Mana Pools National Park

Wildlife in Zimbabwe

A wide variety of rare animals

Some of Africa’s most exclusive wildlife is found in Zimbabwe. Many of the national parks contain elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo and rhino. This, coupled with the remoteness of the regions and attentive guides, makes for a likely wildlife encounter.

  • Vastly varied habitats that support over 200 different species of mammal.
  • World-famous birding destination, including 10 globally threatened species.
  • Has some of the most knowledgable guides on the planet.
  • The temperate climate offers all-year-round wildlife viewing.
  • Is home to five UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Has one of the largest populations of the rare African wild dog.

Remember that the wild is unpredictable. There are no guarantees

Best times to see Zimbabwe

Visit us at any time of the year

Zimbabwe’s near-perfect climate makes it a top safari destination. Each season attracts different types of wildlife, meaning that there is always something to do and see at any time of the year.

January - March

Hot humid weather (up to 35 C) with afternoon thundershowers and majestic cloud systems. The wildlife is more spread out and less dependent on artificial water points (pans) making game viewing good.

April - June

Dry with daytime highs of 28 degrees Celsius. The wildlife is becoming dependent on artificial water points in Hwange. From May, the wildlife congregates around the artificial water points and natural springs that Hwange National Park is famous for.

July – September

The coldest time of the year. Wildlife is now fully dependent on pans and natural springs in Hwange and a good time to see large herds of elephant here.

October – December

Very hot, with the first rains in the later months bringing cooler temperatures. With the rain comes an abundance of young making wildlife photography very good.

How we give back to Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is a rare and spectacular country. To help safeguard her many treasures, Machaba Safaris offers meaningful support to initiatives aimed at promoting the wellbeing of this great country’s wildlife, her citizens and its global guests.

Tailored Safari Packages

Inspired by our knowledge and first-hand experience of Botswana and Zimbabwe, we have crafted a series of packages to provide textured and authentic African safaris.

Classic Botswana & Zimbabwe

Botswana & Zimbabwe

Okavango Delta, Hwange National Park

This spectacular safari takes you to the glittering waters of the Okavango Delta and the predator capital of the world, to the banks of the Zambezi River (close to Victoria Falls) and on to the grand Hwange National Park.

  • 11 Nights
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    Peak
    1 Jun 2020 - 31 Oct 2020

    $ 12446 pps

    Shoulder
    1 Nov 2020 - 10 Jan 2021

    $ 9360 pps

Classic Hwange

Zimbabwe

Hwange National Park

Take a safari in largest National Park in Zimbabwe. Hwange is a blend of semi-desert, forest and open savannah and is home to great herds of elephant, big cats and a myriad of plains game.

  • 4 Nights
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    Peak
    1 Jun 2020 - 31 Oct 2020

    $ 4003 pps

    Shoulder
    1 Nov 2020 - 10 Jan 2021

    $ 3023 pps

Classic Okavango Delta

Botswana

Okavango Delta

Watch elephants swim through the reeds in the Okavango Delta, or a leopard track its prey in the predator capital of the world at Gomoti. It’s the chance to see nature in un-edited detail.

  • 6 Nights
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    Peak
    1 Jun 2020 - 31 Oct 2020

    $ 7932 pps

    Shoulder
    1 Nov 2020 - 10 Jan 2021

    $ 5772 pps

Classic Machaba

Zimbabwe & Botswana

Hwange National Park, Okavango Delta

Starting at the world-famous Okavango Delta, this safari includes the Gomoti Game Reserve – known as the predator capital of the world. Thereafter visit the classic safari lands of Hwange National Park.

  • 9 Nights
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    Peak
    1 Jun 2020 - 31 Oct 2020

    $ 11462 pps

    Shoulder
    1 Nov 2020 - 10 Jan 2021

    $ 8567 pps

Classic Botswana & Zimbabwe

Classic Hwange

Classic Okavango Delta

Classic Machaba

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